I don't have a bucket list, but after seeing a bunch of pictures of rainbow hair, I decided that if I had one, dying my hair the color of the rainbow would be on it. And, of course, I have to blog about it. I live tweeted a bit, but I had to have my glasses off and stay real still, so I only got a few tweets in before I had to stop.
I had so much tin foil on my head no aliens were getting any messages to me!
February went pretty well. I hit on all my goals–even if I didn't specifically do what I set out to do. Any progress is some, eh? Gold stars all around.
March, on the other hand, isn't off to a good start though. At first, I thought the day job was going to cause trouble due to coworker woes. But that got sorted out. For now. The first half of the week I had no energy. I was feeling drained. Drained by people, by work, by I don't know. Wednesday night, I got a good night's sleep and that has seemed to help. This lack of energy is starting to concern me. I'd like to figure what's up and get it sorted because I'm spending a lot of time too tired to do anything, but not so tired to want to sleep.
Anyways, here are my March goals and how I did the first week.
Get A to Z Challenge posts written. – A through K, and O is finished.
Work on Ghost story. Don't let Ben down. – Nope.
Read and keep the kindle charged. No excuses! – I read a short story. Steam by Jessica Fortunato. It was good and made laundry go by fast.
Read through Snapshots (doesn't count for 3rd goal) and make sure there are no new typos. – Nope.
Keep the positivity up. – Big no.
Out of Secret Notes from Melinda. – I should download them and put them on the desktop where I can see them.
Insecure Writer's Support group is posted the first Wednesday of every month. It is the brain child of Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh. Get your fears and insecurities out or give words of encouragement. We're writers, let's support each other!
*Edited to add: I was debating posting this because I wasn't sure I should whine about something like this.
This past week was IndieRecon and I was taking part in Cover Wars (I came in third.) Since I'd be getting some exposure, I thought it'd be a good time to put Being Human on sale. Another site, eBookSoda, a new book site, was offering free promo as a way to get their name out. I submitted Being Human and was able to get featured during IndieRecon. I was all set to spread the word and hopefully get some sales.
Today my Story Dam buddy, Tui Snider is on the blog to talk about her brand spanking new release, UNEXPECTED TEXAS. I've only driven through Texas a few times. The last time it was boring, but also a bit scary because there was nothing and it was like "OMG if the car breaks down we are going to DIE!" Anyways, I asked Tui a couple of questions about her and to show off her creativity.
Patricia: What cosmic event prompted you to write?
Tui: It started with the chicken pox. I was 5-years-old, slathered in calamine lotion, and trying my hardest not to scratch any of the sores that covered me from head to toe. I even had chicken pox on the roof of my mouth! I tried to distract myself from the interminable itchiness, but nothing worked.
Nothing that is, until Sesame Street came on the TV. The show was "sponsored by the letter P" that day, and I found the subject matter so compelling that I actually forgot about my chicken pox. By the end of the show, I could read and write 3 entire words.
As part of the LGBT reading challenge, we're going to not only read LGBT books, but discus them. This month's topic is:
Things I want to see (or see more of) in YA LGBT fiction.
I see a lot of books that have two boys as the main characters. M/M is pretty dominate in both YA and Adult in the LGBT genre. The rest of the rainbow I see from time to time, but they seem under represented. Or maybe I'm just not looking in the right places. It really makes me want to pimp the ones I do see. Even if I don't read them, I want to share them with everyone else.
I couldn't say no to this blog hop. Always fun to talk about my writing process. =D It's also great to read about other writers and how their stories are crafted. First, let me introduce T.A. and thank her and Elsie for inviting me.
Along with a reedit and shiny new cover (yes, I made a decision about this) Snapshots is also getting a new blurb. I had MB help me out with it and showed a draft to Marie and Jessica. More recently, I sent it to my best friends, Sara and Danielle. Both gave thumbs up and said they liked it better than the current. I'm waiting on Erin's opinion, but I'm confident I'm moving in the right direction.
So, I thought it was time to post it here. (Hopefully, I'll be changing the description on GoodReads soon. Until then, you can go there to compare the old with the new.) Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments. Or email me if you think your critique is something you want to keep between you and me.
Today I'm happy to have my Story Dam peep, Fida Islaih on the blog today to celebrate her new release HER OLIVES. (Gorgeous cover, eh?) She kindly answered a few questions so you can get to know her as well as he new book.
What inspired you to start writing poetry? Maybe you can give me some inspiration to give poetry a shot. ;) Fida: Sitting in eighth grade and writing poetry it stood out to be that I can write about the simplest thing to the hardest thing in the most beautiful way.
How important is your faith to your writing? Fida: When I love something a lot like my faith or my home country it will find it's way into my writing. A good sign that your writing will be full of passion!
What advice would you give to aspiring poets? Fida: Nothing is lame in your life. Once you find the right words it can and will sound awesome. Just keep writing. I like this advice. Good for every kind of writer. =D
Any works in progress we can look forward to? Fida: As of now I don't have anything planned to be published. Yet I am finally trying to wrap up my WIP and try the querying waters. Well, that's exciting. Good luck with querying.
If you could only read four books, what would they be and why? I know, this is an evil question to ask. BAHAHAHAHA! Fida: I can never narrow down what books I love but looking at my bookshelf, four books that stand out to me is IN THE NAME OF MEMORY because it's a book of many lives and getting the girl you want. MORNINGS IN JENIN because it shows the beauty and struggle of Palestine. CHOCOLAT because well chocolate, travel and it's show of a woman's strength and still have a handsome man. Last but not least, THE BOOK THEIF because of it's point of view. It really makes you think.
Blurb: Possessing a powerful love for both Palestine and its people, Fida Islaih works to understand their struggles as she endures her own. Though she has yet to travel to Palestine, a deep rooted desire to do so inspires her and comes through in her lovely poetry. Join Fida on her poetic journey through life and share her inspiration.
Snapshots' inside is getting a makeover. Slowly, I'm plugging in the changes I inked into the paperback copy I have. I'm excited for the improvements to the story. Once I'm done with that, I think I might ask a few buddies to read the new version and see what they think. Snapshots is getting one step closer to rerelease.
And that has me thinking about the cover. Again.
Do I want to keep it or get a new one? A shiny new cover might go well with a rerelease. That would mean hiring an illustrator because there is zero chance of me finding a model wearing a bandana the way Cyc does.
But I do like this cover. Keary did a lovely job on it. Why spend money when I like the current cover? I guess I just wonder if another cover would do better. Was this one not grabbing the attention I need it to? The only way to find out is to get a new cover, get the re-edit finished and release Snapshots back into the wild.
I can also ask here. Anyone have any thoughts on Snapshots' cover? Yay? Nay? Should I take the risk with a new cover? Give me answers!